CM: Maldini and Massara’s summer gamble could backfire and cost Milan in title challenge

By Oliver Fisher -

The Milan management’s decision not to go out and get a striker who offers guarantees could hurt them, a report has claimed.

Alberto Cerruti’s latest editorial for Calciomercato.com writes how Zlatan Ibrahimovic has turned 40 years old earlier this month but he wants to prove that he can still be decisive and above all that he can help the Rossoneri win the Scudetto. Despite having been out for some time now with an Achilles problem, his probable return date keeps getting pushed back.

Ibrahimovic was on the field only 19 times last season – exactly half of the league games – and this season he has not started any of the seven league matches and two Champions League matches but did score off the bench against Lazio before injuring himself again.

He could be available for the next Champions League match next Tuesday against Porto but it is not known, and Cerruti questions why the management decided to gamble by signing a 35-year-old Giroud to be his back-up when he spent more time on the bench than playing last season at Chelsea.

Pietro Pellegri signed from Monaco to be the third choice but he too arrived after a season full of physical problems, so much so that he was not even included in the squad list for the Champions League.

The journalist adds that Milan can’t think of winning the Scudetto without two real strikers who can guarantee goals but above all to be fit, and that could be the gamble that backfired for Maldini and Massara.


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  1. Toni says:

    The reason is simple it’s a family business Maldini wants to promote his son. Isn’t obvious? Kep getting expired strikers under name budget cap so on surface looks cutting spending but the only winner in the end is??? Guess. Maldini junior and that will backfire pretty soon

    1. mike says:

      Wow….we have a conspiracy theorist here!

    2. AR says:

      Daniel is not a striker man. He is an Attacking Midfielder/Winger. He doesn’t get any advantage from Milan signing old, expiring strikers. What a load of bullsh*t you said here.

    3. Ismaila says:

      I am with you on this subject. I don’t think Daniel Maldini will add value to this team. He needs to be loaned out to garner some experience and exposure

  2. SamsonNite says:

    They made the mistake last season and they repeated it again this season for not signing a quality striker. They got another old guy.

  3. Jb says:

    Get Halland and bring back Hauge

  4. bon888 says:

    The headline is justified I would say, last year Maldini and Massara took Milan out of the title race with the transfers of Mandzukic and Meite. Any other manager in Europe would have accepted the criticism.
    This year they are even more wrong and bring in Florenzi and try to slow down Kalulu’s development, Bakayoko with a huge salary is not fit and injured, Balo has no development potential and Pellegri?
    I’m not sure what exactly the managers are paid for.

  5. Milanello says:

    Giroud and Pietro are strikers LOL. We only field 1 strikers per game, why would we need 4?

    Rubbish

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